Friday, October 29, 2010

Appalachian Photographers Project

The Appalachian Photographers Project, based at East Tennessee State University, is a consortium of established and emerging photographers who live or work in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Their website hosts portfolios by 21 photographers, including western North Carolina's Rob Amberg, Richmond, Virginia-based photographer Susan Worsham, and Atlanta's Angela West.  Also included is Cullowhee, NC's Cathryn Griffith, whose image, Biker Rally (Cherokee, NC, 1996), is shown above.

The APP partners with ETSU's Center for Appalachian Studies, Now and Then Magazine, and The Reece Museum, to provide regularly scheduled exhibitions as well as publishing and sales opportunities. You can, for example, purchase through the website portfolios and books by Rob Amberg, David Spear, Mark Steinmetz, and other members of the project.

Membership at the moment seems to draw heavily -- but not exclusively -- from photographers working in the Appalachian region of the Southeast. The guidelines, however, clearly indicate a desire for involvement from a wide range of locales. Folks wishing to join them may submit their portfolios for review here.


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